août 08
I have been working for a while on a tool called Jarod.Instrumentation. I just released the version 1.1.

This tool is what I call a "metric grabber". There is already many existing tools on the market that provides metrics as for instance NDepend, Visual Studio itself, NCover, the Reflector's addins, Source Monitor, ... However they get information from a single source : their own calculation engine and at a single moment.

My need was different and I started from the following observation: as a developper / project manager, we are having many potential sources of metrics : a source control, a continuous integration engine, some classical code metric tools, task / bug tracking system, ...

I want to grab metrics from different sources, and aggregate them in a single tool to provide me with clear figures and charts.

Moreover, for a specific metric, the source itself is not that important. If tomorrow, I get rid of Team Foundation Server to go to Cruise Control.NET, I will still have the same need of metric, but I will just have another source. This should be as transparent as possible. For instance, I wanted to implement what I was needing for my .NET team and give the tool to my company's JAVA team so they could develop a simple new metric source as easily as possible.

You will find many details about this tool in this post, including some its key features and some screenshots. [Plus]
avr. 10
You will find on a Scott Gu's post a list of nice debugger visualiser.

How to install them ? Simply copy the DLLs in the folder
- C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Visualizers (for a single user)
- C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\Packages\Debugger\Visualizers (for all users) [Plus]
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mars 17
To conclude my Tech Days 2008 posts, I wanted to add a section with the list of question I have asked to the different speakers and their answers.
You will find my questions and answers with :
- Ingo Rammer - after the "Advanced Debugging" Session
- Nikhil Kothari - after the "Ajax Patterns" Session
- Jelle Druyts - after the "Domain-Specific Developments with Visual Studio DSL Tools" Session
- Roy Osherove - after the "Deep Reflection" Session [Plus]
mars 17
Just back from the TechDays 2008 in Antwerpen, Belgium. Here are my notes about the sessions I have seen meaning :
- Session 1 : ASP.NET MVC Framework (By Matt Gibbs)
- Session 2 : Domain-Specific Development with Visual Studio DSL Tools (By Jelle Druyts)
- Inspiration Session 2 : Fun In .NET (By Chad Hower - website : Woo-Hoo)
- Session 3 : Custom LINQ Providers - LINQ to anything (By Bart De Smet)
- Session 4 : .NET 3.5 : Winforms & WPF (By Chad Hower - website : Woo-Hoo)
- Session 5 : Deep Reflection (By Roy Osherove) [Plus]
mars 11
Just back from the launch day of the TechDays 2008 in Antwerpen, Belgium. Here are my notes about the sessions I have seen meaning :
- Opening keynote (by Bill Hilf), presenting Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Sql Server 2008
- Session 1 : Visual Studio 2008 Overview (by Peter Himschoot)
- Session 2 : Next Generation Web Application with Visual Studio 2008 (by Gil Cleeren)
- Session 3 : Pervasive Business Intelligence with Sql Server 2008 (by Frederik Vandeputte) [Plus]